Pork producer attends conference
Craig Nathan Chapman, of Craig, participated in the National Junior Swine Association National Youth Leadership Conference on April 24 through 26 in St. Louis.
During the conference, members of the NJSA learned about issues affecting the swine industry including selection practices, environmental stewardship, factors affecting the economy, swine health, career opportunities and more.
Speakers from across the United States presented motivational presentations and interactive workshops.
Chapman is a sophomore at Moffat County High School.
He participates on the FFA Meats Judging Team, shows Market Beef in 4-H, and produces and shows purebred and crossbred swine.
Chapman met other young people from throughout the United States who are dedicated to serving the pork industry.
"My weekend at the conference helped me better understand the pork industry as a whole," Chapman said. "It also helped me realize how everyone is impacted by the pork industry and how important bio security and swine health is to our operation.
Kelly Barnes, of Edmond, Okla., served as the keynote speaker.
He said, "It is important for our youths to understand a simple fact: We, as Americans, do not suffer from a lack of opportunities. We simply suffer from a lack of people willing to work hard for those opportunities. There is a lot to be said for these young leaders at this conference who are willing to take the time to invest in their own future. Despite what we might see on TV, hear on the radio or read in the newspaper, the youths of America are doing amazing things - that is evident this weekend in St. Louis."
The NJSA was formally established in 2000 for youths ages 21 and younger who have an interest in the Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace and Yorkshire breeds of swine.
Letters carriers to collect for food drive
The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, will be collecting non-perishable food items such as canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice May 9.
The food will help families in the community.
Residents can donate by placing food donations at their mailboxes May 9 before their letter carrier arrives. It will be taken to the post office and then delivered to local food banks and pantries. Do not include items that have expired or those in glass containers.
Police warn residents of 'virtual hijacking'
A local resident reported to the Craig Police Department that someone intruded into the resident's personal computer via a "trojan" or "worm," police officers reported in a news release.
This intrusion resulted in the "virtual hijacking" of personal information without the victim's permission or knowledge until recently, police reported.
As a result, other e-mail contacts from the victim's computer are receiving fraudulent "scam" e-mails indicating that their friend, the victim, is in the United Kingdom on a trip and has experienced financial difficulties. The e-mail asks for the recipient to wire funds via Western Union to assist their friend.
The victim is in Craig, police reported, and has not traveled to the United Kingdom.
Police are warning anyone who receives e-mails requesting money be wired to another person in a foreign country to not respond and to delete the message. Responding to these e-mails will put the recipient at risk of having their computer infected and their personal information taken from their computer.
Residents should notify local law enforcement should they suspect they have received suspicious e-mails or telephone calls.